Freshly fallen snow glistening like icicles on tree limbs is a beautiful side effect of winter. Despite the beauty winter can bring, the season can also bring dangerous weather such as blizzards and ice storms. It is important to be prepared for the unexpected, especially when traveling. You never know when you may run into car troubles and in times of extreme cold, a travel preparedness kit can be a lifesaver. It is also important to make sure to have these preparedness kits in your house as well, due to the danger that a winter storm could knock out power, leaving many homes without heat.
It is important to do research and be prepared for inclement weather before winter starts.
Ready.gov, the Department of Homeland Security’s Emergency Preparedness Website gives great tips on how to prepare for winter weather, what to do during a storm, and what to do after a storm is over.
The National Weather Service’s winter weather hub includes resources and information about forecasts, winter storms, hazards, weather predictions and much more. They also offer Simple Steps to Stay Safe and winter weather advisories searchable by zip code.
The CDC offers more tips for preparation and actions taken during and after storms. The CDC also provides information about health problems that can arise due to winter hazards.
The Red Cross provides information about common winter weather terms that are often misunderstood and more information about preparedness.
GPO’s US Government Bookstore offers publications for sale about winter weather preparedness.
- Are You Ready?: An In-Depth Guide to Citizen Preparedness is a book that provides information about different emergency situations and how to prepare for them.
- A Do-It-Yourself Guide to Sealing and Insulating With Energy Star: Sealing Air Leaks and Adding Attic Insulation is all about ways to seal leaks and add insulation to make your home more energy efficient, but it can also be used for weather-proofing your home. Adding insulation in attics and sealing leaks can help keep winter weather, such as extreme cold, out.
- Winter Storms the Deceptive Killers is a government preparedness guide for the winter season.
- The CGP also offer a three part color book for children about Winter Weather. Part 1 Part 2 Part 3
HOW DO I OBTAIN THESE RESOURCES?
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- Click here to purchase Are You Ready?: An In-Depth Guide to Citizen Preparedness
- Click here to purchase A Do-It-Yourself Guide to Sealing and Insulating With Energy Star: Sealing Air Leaks and Adding Attic Insulation
- Click here to browse our Weather & Climate collection
Shop our Retail Store: Buy a copy of any print editions from this collection at GPO’s retail bookstore at 710 North Capitol Street NW, Washington, DC 20401, open Monday–Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., except Federal holidays, Call (202) 512-0132 for information or to arrange in-store pick-up.
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Visit a Federal depository library: Search for U.S. Government publications in a nearby Federal depository library. You can find the records for most titles in GPO’s Catalog of U.S. Government Publications.
About the Author: Teresa Mock is an intern with GPO’s Library Services and Content Management division.